Much more than your ordinary, quaint small-town Main Street, historic downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin, has so much to offer: unique shopping opportunities, fine dining, great entertainment venues, and a vibrant nightlife. Spend your day browsing at some of the region’s finest specialty shops, get a bite at any of several fine-dining establishments, and relax beside the Mississippi at Riverside Park. Or just walk around and take in the sites of downtown’s historic architecture. It’s all here waiting for you.
Downtown La Crosse is home to some of the finest specialty shops in the region, including Generous Earth Pottery, Satori Arts, Crescent Jewelers, and Finnotte’s Nut & Chocolate Shop. Downtown also features Wisconsin’s largest antique mall, the Antique Center of La Crosse. With three stories and over 20,000 square feet of shopping space, this is an antiquer’s paradise! Be sure to check in with Downtown Main Street, Inc., a non-profit which has played an integral role in the revitalization of the downtown business district, for news and updates regarding sales and other related events in the downtown area.
Downtown La Crosse features four three-star or better hotels, including two of those voted best in the area by residents and visitors: the Radisson Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott. Additional options include the Holiday Inn and GrandStay Residential Suites. The Charmant Hotel is the first independent luxury hotel in the area, and includes a restaurant with ample outdoor seating, a lounge and a rooftop bar. Whichever you choose, you’ll be close to the shops, the restaurants, the river, and the action.
Family friendly? Check. Steak and seafood? Fine dining? Check. Check. Chinese? Tapas? Cajun? Irish? Pizza? You get the idea. Downtown La Crosse has a diverse selection of excellent restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Summers, don’t miss the Friday night farmer’s market at Cameron Park, featuring live music and producers of handmade arts and crafts, fresh produce, locally-raised meat and dairy, and many other products from around the region. And if you’re looking for a truly unique way to explore downtown’s watering holes, check in with the Beer by Bike Brigade, an open monthly pub-crawl-by-bike through downtown and surrounding areas. Not to be missed!
Live music, community theatre, creative workshops, big-name concerts and events, and art exhibits–that’s just a taste of downtown La Crosse’s usual cultural offerings. Have a pint and take in some live music at the Bodega Brew Pub or the Three Rivers Lodge, catch a movie at the historic Rivoli Theatre, or see a play at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. The La Crosse Center regularly hosts marquee events in music, sports, and entertainment featuring some of the world’s biggest stars. And the Pump House Regional Arts Center is the hub of La Crosse’s arts and culture scene, with year-round opportunities to experience visual and performance art, including an all-ages and skill levels arts education program.